Kitty Cornered: How Frannie and Five Other Incorrigible Cats Seized Control of Our House and Made it Their Home

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Algonquin Books, 2012 - Humor - 288 pages
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Bob Tarte had his first encounter with a cat when he was two and a half years old. He should have learned his lesson then, from Fluffy. But as he says, “I listened to my heart instead, and that always leads to trouble.” In this tell-all of how the Tarte household grew from one recalcitrant cat to six—including a hard-to-manage stray named Frannie—Tarte confesses to allowing these interlopers to shape his and his wife’s life, from their dining habits to their sleeping arrangements to the placement and furriness of their furniture. But more than that, Bob begins seeing Frannie and the other cats as unlikely instructors in the art of achieving contentment, even in the face of illness and injury. Bewitched by the unknowable nature of domesticated cats, he realizes that sometimes wildness and mystery are exactly what he needs.

With the winning humor and uncanny ability to capture the soul of the animal world that made Enslaved by Ducks a success, Tarte shows us that life with animals gives us a way out of our narrow human perspective to glimpse something larger, more enduring, and more grounded in the simplicities of love—and catnip.

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

Read the other two by Tarte. †Read the first few and last few pp of this. †Still can't empathize... still too disturbed by the thought of all that work, expense, mess to appreciate whatever it is the ... Read full review

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User Review  - TheDivineOomba - LibraryThing

This book is cute. But, That is about all. I honestly think these people are a bit crazy - It is very obvious that Bob loves his cats... He doesn't understand them but - he does love them. Its an interesting read, but got a bit old fast and I didn't finish it. Read full review


Chapter 1 The Wisp of the Woods
Chapter 2 Dark Hour of the Walleye
Chapter 3 Out in the Sticks
Chapter 4 Fred Mertz Meets the Mummy
Chapter 5 The Funnel of Happiness
Chapter 6 The Cats of Winter
Chapter 7 The Cat You Cant Do Anything With
Chapter 10 Dont Call Him Mr CuddleWuddle
Chapter 11 The AntiFrannie
Chapter 12 My Brief Career as a Psychic
Chapter 13 Living in a Walled City
Chapter 14 Funneled Again
Acknowledgments and Culpability
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Chapter 8 The War Between the Cats
Chapter 9 Out of the Weeds

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Bob Tarte wrote for The Beat magazine for twenty years. He has also written for the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Miami New Times, the Whole Earth Review, and other publications. He hosts the What Were You Thinking? podcast for He and his wife Linda live in Lowell, Michigan, and currently serve the whims of parrots, ducks, geese, parakeets, a rabbit, doves, hens, one turkey, and way too many cats.

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